Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) - NYSEARCA
  • Wed, May 4, 3:29 PM
    • Of particular interest given he's on stage at Ira Sohn following hard-money advocate Stan Druckenmiller (hike rates, but gold), Jeff Gundlach thinks the idea of the Fed talking about higher rates while cutting growth forecasts makes no sense.
    • He's got a pair trade idea: Buy mortgage REITs (NYSEARCA:REM) and sell utilities (NYSEARCA:XLU). The strategy is based on the idea that the valuations of unloved and "cheap" mREITs, and over-loved and "pricey" utilities will converge.
    • Low-volatility stocks (of which utilities fit the bill) are an oxymoron, says Gundlach. Buying at these prices is like the old game "Dynamite Shack."
    • Live blog
    • Utility ETFs: XLU, UTG, IDU, VPU, GUT, BUI, FUTY, RYU, UPW, FXU, PUI, SDP, PSCU, FUGAX
    • Mortgage REIT ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT
    • Previously: Bill Gross: Go long helicopter makers (May 4)
    | Wed, May 4, 3:29 PM | 11 Comments
  • Fri, Apr. 22, 4:30 PM
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  • Tue, Apr. 5, 6:58 PM
    • The utilities sector (NYSEARCA:XLU) fell twice as hard as the overall S&P in today's trade, and the best guess from Barron's Ben Levisohn in explaining the move is a NYC rate change instituted by New York Independent System Operators.
    • UBS analysts say NYISO's summer 2016 capacity prices declined substantially in the NYC Zone-J to $10.99/KW-month from $15.50/KW-month, which the firm attributes primarily to the latest parameters which showed a substantial reduction of in-city requirements; the wider regions continued to clear at relatively comparable levels.
    • UBS sees the results as supportive of upstate generators Dynegy (NYSE:DYN) and Talen Energy (NYSE:TLN), but more cautious for NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) due to the fickle nature of highly-sensitive NYC capacity prices.
    • Now read Electric utilities: Powerful uptrend, or 'lights out' for the stocks?
    | Tue, Apr. 5, 6:58 PM | 2 Comments
  • Tue, Mar. 29, 12:58 PM
    • The Obama administration yesterday defended its Clean Power Plan regulation limiting carbon emissions from power plants, telling the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that the rule is well within the bounds of its authority.
    • The Clean Air Act provides the EPA with “well-established authority to abate threats to public health and welfare by limiting the amount of air pollution that power plants pump into the atmosphere,” the agency wrote in a brief submitted to the court, and that the regulation was critical to addressing what it said was the most important environmental challenge facing the U.S.
    • The regulation would require a 32% cut in power plant carbon emissions by 2030, based on 2005 levels, by calling on states to shift their power sources from coal-fired plants to cleaner sources such as renewable sources and natural gas.
    • The D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments on the legality of the regulation in June; whichever side loses is expected to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which blocked the rule in February, sending it back to the D.C. court .
    • ETFs: XLE, XLU, VDE, ERX, OIH, UTG, IDU, VPU, ERY, DIG, DUG, BGR, IYE, GUT, BUI, FENY, FIF, PXJ, RYE, FUTY, RYU, UPW, FXN, FXU, DDG, SDP
    | Tue, Mar. 29, 12:58 PM | 28 Comments
  • Thu, Mar. 24, 5:51 PM
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  • Fri, Mar. 18, 2:44 PM
    • Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLB) - quarterly distribution of $0.1573. 30-Day Sec yield of 2.14% (as of 3/16/2016).
    • Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLE)- quarterly distribution of $0.4524. 30-Day Sec yield of 3.18% (as of 3/16/2016).
    • Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLF)- quarterly distribution of $0.1230. 30-Day Sec yield of 2.04% (as of 3/16/2016).
    • Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLI) - quarterly distribution of $0.2828. 30-Day Sec yield of 2.11% (as of 3/16/2016).
    • Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLK) - quarterly distribution of $0.2202. 30-Day Sec yield of 1.77% (as of 3/16/2016).
    • Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLP) - quarterly distribution of $0.2709. 30-Day Sec yield of 2.35% (as of 3/16/2016).
    • Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLU) - quarterly distribution of $0.3675. 30-Day Sec yield of 3.31% (as of 3/16/2016).
    • Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLV) - quarterly distribution of $0.2367. 30-Day Sec yield of 1.60% (as of 3/16/2016).
    • Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLY) - quarterly distribution of $0.3211. 30-Day Sec yield of 1.43% (as of 3/16/2016).
    • Financial Services Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLFS) - quarterly distribution of $0.1226. 30-Day Sec yield of 1.78% (as of 3/16/2016).
    • Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLRE) - quarterly distribution of $0.3030. 30-Day Sec yield of 3.04% (as of 3/16/2016).
    • All are payable Mar. 29; for shareholders of record Mar. 24; ex-div Mar. 22.
    | Fri, Mar. 18, 2:44 PM | 2 Comments
  • Thu, Mar. 17, 3:08 PM
    • With the S&P 500 returning to more or less flat on the year, Bespoke digs down into sector performance and finds most of them nicely in the green, including the roughed-up energy group (NYSEARCA:XLE) with a 5.9% gain.
    • Leading on the upside, though, are the telecoms (NYSEARCA:XTL), ahead 14.4%, and utilities (NYSEARCA:XLU), up 13.3%. Consumer Staples (NYSEARCA:XLP), Materials (NYSEARCA:XLB), and Industrials (NYSEARCA:XLI) are all up between 3.7% and 4.5%, while Consumer Discretionary (NYSEARCA:XLY) is flat.
    • Holding the S&P 500 back, then, is healthcare (NYSEARCA:XLV), with an 8.2% decline, and financials (NYSEARCA:XLF), down 5.5%. Within, healthcare, the biotechs (NASDAQ:IBB) have plunged 27%.
    | Thu, Mar. 17, 3:08 PM
  • Fri, Mar. 4, 10:04 AM
    • In a victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court yesterday denied a request by states seeking to block an EPA regulation cutting mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants.
    • Chief Justice Roberts denied the states’ request without comment and without referring it to the other justices, apparently believing the request did not merit further action.
    • The decision comes three weeks after the full Supreme Court blocked Obama's Clean Power Plan for limiting greenhouse gas pollution from coal plants, which opponents read as a sign the court was willing to halt other regulations while they undergo changes and review.
    • But legal experts say Roberts' decision yesterday signaled opponents may not be successful in further attempts to halt environmental rules while they are still subject to legal challenges.
    • ETFs: XLE, XLU, VDE, ERX, OIH, UTG, IDU, VPU, ERY, DIG, DUG, BGR, IYE, GUT, BUI, FENY, FIF, PXJ, RYE, FUTY, RYU, UPW, FXN, FXU, DDG, SDP
    | Fri, Mar. 4, 10:04 AM | 17 Comments
  • Tue, Mar. 1, 2:29 PM
    • The S&P 500's (SPY +2%) rally today leaves it lower by just 3.2% year-to-date, and the Nasdaq's (NASDAQ:QQQ2.4% advance brings its loss for the year to 6.8%.
    • All sectors are lit up bright green, with the exception of the utilities (XLU -0.9%), which are contending with a nine basis point gain for the 10-year Treasury yield to 1.83%.
    | Tue, Mar. 1, 2:29 PM | 25 Comments
  • Thu, Feb. 25, 12:58 PM
    • Executives from American Electric Power (AEP +1.2%) and Xcel Energy (XEL +1.1%) both say they believe a federal crackdown on carbon emissions is coming sooner or later, regardless of whether Pres. Obama's Clean Power Plan holds up in court.
    • "Carbon regulation is not going away," AEP's manager of strategic policy analysis tells the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, saying his company is still moving ahead to figure out the best way to comply.
    • States such as Texas and West Virginia, which have led legal opposition to Obama’s plan, take the Supreme Court’s recent decision as a sign the rule ultimately will be struck down, while states including Massachusetts, Arizona and Virginia have said they will move ahead anyway.
    • The current situation causes uncertainty for utilities that operate across multiple states; for example, Xcel must balance policies in Minnesota, which leans toward expanding clean energy, against those in Texas.
    • ETFs: XLU, UTG, IDU, VPU, GUT, BUI, FUTY, RYU, UPW, FXU, SDP
    | Thu, Feb. 25, 12:58 PM | 2 Comments
  • Tue, Feb. 16, 11:27 AM
    • Analysts say the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia over the weekend may have improved the likelihood that Pres. Obama's Clean Power Plan will survive a judicial review.
    • Last week, the Court voted 5-4 to delay the EPA's scheduled rollout of Obama's plan to dramatically cut carbon emissions from the power industry; the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals likely will rule this fall on a challenge to the plan, with the conventional wisdom expecting the three-member court panel to rule favorably for the White House, setting up an appeal to the Supreme Court.
    • With the death of Scalia, a conservative voice on the court with a history of limiting government regulation, the chances of the plan being upheld would seem to have improved; an eight-member Court split 4-4 would allow the lower court ruling to stand, and it is far from certain that a Republican will be elected in November and name Scalia's replacement or that delaying tactics by Republican Senators will prove successful.
    • Environmental attorney Brian Potts had placed the odds of the Clean Power Plan surviving judicial review at less than 10%; with Scalia’s death, he places the likelihood at greater than 75%.
    • ETFs: XLE, XLU, VDE, ERX, OIH, UTG, KOL, IDU, VPU, ERY, DIG, DUG, BGR, IYE, GUT, BUI, FENY, FIF, PXJ, RYE, FUTY, RYU, UPW, FXN, FXU, DDG, SDP
    | Tue, Feb. 16, 11:27 AM | 6 Comments
  • Tue, Feb. 9, 6:43 PM
    • The U.S. Supreme Court blocks Pres. Obama's planned new federal regulation that would cut emissions from power plants, halting at least for now the administration's sweeping effort to combat climate change.
    • The justices heeded calls from utilities, coal miners and more than two dozen states to halt the EPA rule while court challenges go forward.
    • The delay will last at least until a D.C. appeals court rules on the plan, probably later this year after it hears arguments in June; meanwhile, the EPA will not be able to enforce a Sept. 6 deadline for states to either submit their emission reduction plans or request a two-year extension.
    • ETFs: XLE, XLU, VDE, ERX, OIH, UTG, IDU, VPU, ERY, DIG, DUG, BGR, IYE, GUT, BUI, FENY, PXJ, FIF, RYE, FUTY, RYU, UPW, FXN, FXU, DDG, PUI, SDP
    | Tue, Feb. 9, 6:43 PM | 56 Comments
  • Thu, Jan. 21, 7:27 PM
    • An attempt to delay enforcement of Pres. Obama's Clean Power Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions until legal challenges are resolved is denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
    • The court order is an early victory for the EPA in what is likely to be a multiyear legal battle over a cornerstone of Pres. Obama's climate plan, which more than two dozen states and various utility companies, coal producers and business groups opposed, arguing they faced immediate burdens from complying with the regulation, which the administration issued in August.
    • The regulation requires a 32% cut in power-plant carbon emissions by 2030 based on emissions levels of 2005.
    • ETFs: XLE, XLU, VDE, ERX, OIH, UTG, IDU, VPU, ERY, DIG, DUG, BGR, IYE, GUT, BUI, FENY, FIF, PXJ, RYE, FUTY, RYU, UPW, FXN, FXU, DDG, SDP, FUGAX
    | Thu, Jan. 21, 7:27 PM | 26 Comments
  • Fri, Jan. 15, 4:16 PM
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  • Wed, Jan. 13, 2:56 PM
    • The day's declines have picked up a good bit of steam, with all of the major averages sitting at session lows a bit more than an hour before the close.
    • The Nasdaq (NASDAQ:QQQ) and Small-caps (NYSEARCA:IWM) are leading the way with declines of more than 3%, while the Dow (NYSEARCA:DIA) and S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) are off just over 2%.
    • Leading sectors on the downside: Energy (XLE -2.5%) and Financials (XLF -2.4%). What's working? Utilities (XLU), barely.
    • In the green for most of the session, oil is now modestly lower and threatening to head below $30 per barrel.
    • Money is pouring into fixed income, with the 10-year Treasury yield off another five basis points today to 2.05%. It hasn't been below 2% since early October. TLT +1%, TBT -2%
    | Wed, Jan. 13, 2:56 PM | 10 Comments
  • Tue, Jan. 12, 3:17 PM
    • The 10-year Treasury yield is off eight basis points on the session at 2.10%, and now lower by about 20 basis points since the Fed Funds rate got hiked 25 basis points less than a month ago - probably not the best scenario for mREIT earnings going forward.
    • Other income favorites like equity REITs, BDCs, and utilities (XLU -0.8%) are also being aggressively sold today.
    • Annaly Capital (NLY -1.8%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -1.7%), Armour Residential (ARR -2.4%), Two Harbors (TWO -2%), CYS Investments (CYS -1.9%), Invesco (IVR -2.3%), New York Mortgage (NYMT -2.3%), Hatteras (HTS -3.2%), Capstead (CMO -3.6%), Western Asset (WMC -2.9%), Apollo Residential (AMTG -3.6%), Dynex (DX -3.1%), Ellington Residential (EARN -3.5%), AG Mortgage (MITT -3.2%), PennyMac (PMT -4.9%), FIve Oaks (OAKS -5.7%)
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | Tue, Jan. 12, 3:17 PM | 24 Comments
XLU Description
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR® Fund, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the Utilities Select Sector Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.
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Country: United States
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